From left to right: Miya V. Aviles, Jayden McNab, and Luke J. Fourie.

(Black PR Wire) Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and parent company NextEra Energy announced the NextEra Energy Scholarship for Black Students in SECME, which is a merit award of up to $20,000 for college-bound high school seniors who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.

The NextEra Energy Scholarship for Black Students in SECME was awarded for the  first time in a surprise event recently, at FPL’s Miami Wynwood Battery. The scholarship  recipients are: 

  • Luke J. Fourie: A Homestead resident, Luke was a member of several organizations throughout high school in addition to his participation in SECME, namely Math Honor Society, U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and Redlands  Christian Migrant Association, among others. He will be attending the University of Florida in the fall and aspires to earn his PhD and become a physicist. 
  • Jayden McNab: Jayden, who lives in Miramar, first became involved in STEM topics during his sophomore year when he started competing in VEX Robotics tournaments as part of SECME. His love for the field drove him to commit to  the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he will pursue a career in  computer science. 
  • Miya V. Aviles: With dreams of one day becoming a nurse, Miya from Hialeah credits SECME for having helped discover her passions. Throughout high school, she volunteered at health centers, attended industry competitions, and even served as a club officer. Miya is a Gator at the University of Florida where she  is pursuing a career in healthcare. 

About Florida Power & Light Company 

Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the United States as  measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than 5.1 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. FPL’s typical 1,000- kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30% lower than the latest national  average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPL’s service reliability is better than  99.98%, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all  electric companies nationwide.

The company was recognized in 2019 as one of the  most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Escalent for the sixth consecutive year. A leading  Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno  Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company  widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been  ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2020 list of “World’s  Most Admired Companies.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power  Company, which serves more than 470,000 customers in eight counties throughout  northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its  affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and  sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy  companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

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